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Lobster Bycatch Monitoring

Final Details Being Worked Out for At-Sea Data Collection in Fishery With the implementation of regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region starting this fall in LFAs 33 to 3, and in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27 to 32 and Area 38B, the push is on to finalize the details. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has notified all inshore lobster licence holders of the pending management changes. DFO is advising harvesters to ...

One More Giant on the Line

P.E.I. Bluefin Tuna Harvesters Optimistic About Quota Increase P.E.I.’s commercial bluefin tuna license holders have a reason to be optimistic these days. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) recently increased the Western Atlantic allocation of tuna for 2018. The Western Atlantic region includes Canada, the U.S., Japan, Mexico and parts of the U.K. and France. The total allowable tonnage will increase from 2,000 tonnes to 2,350 tonnes. Assuming ...

Windy Weather Impacting Southwest N.S. Lobster Season

Above photo: Extra lines hold fishing boats safe and sound at the Clark’s Harbour wharf in the wake of a nor’easter that brought hurricane force winds and full tide storm surges to southwestern Nova Scotia in early January. Kathy Johnson photo Two winter storms packing hurricane force winds, combined with smaller gales, have been keeping lobster fishermen ashore more than on the water in southwestern Nova Scotia this winter. But when they do get out, “the catches have been ...

Lobster Landings Solid in LFAs 33 and 34

Above photo: Woods Harbour fisherman Sandy Goreham carries a trap while loading the Theresa and Cole at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf. Halifax Airport Gears Up for Busy Cargo Season The lobster season is well underway in southwestern Nova Scotia, with solid landings, a strong shore price and firm market conditions during the opening month. The season opened on November 28 after a one-day weather delay for the close to 1,700 fishing vessels in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 33 and 34. ...

Southwest Nova Groundfish Fishery Holding Its Own

The Southwestern Nova Scotia groundfish fishery is holding its own, with an overall landed value that has topped more than $50-million in 2015 and 2016, harvested by just over 400 vessels from all sectors of the inshore fleet. According to preliminary statistics from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in 2016 the total landed value of groundfish species on Georges Bank (5Z) was $22,308,556. Fifty-four vessels participated in the fishery, including 31 from the under-65 mobile ...

New Player in Town

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan Enters North American Shellfish Industry With Purchase of P.E.I’s Largest Mussel Producer   There is a new player in the Atlantic Canadian aquaculture industry — and it’s a big one. On November 17, the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (OTPP) announced that it had purchased Atlantic Aqua Farms, the largest mussel producer on Prince Edward Island and one of the largest in North America. OTPP was founded in 1990 to manage the defined pension ...

Operating in Poor Weather Led to the 2016 Fatal Sinking of the Pop’s Pride

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that adverse weather conditions led to the sinking of the small open fishing vessel Pop’s Pride and the loss of life of its four occupants in September 2016, off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The report also highlights the continued need for focused and concerted action by all levels of government and industry members to fully address the safety risks and deficiencies that persist in Canada’s fishing industry. In the ...

NL-GIDC Outlines Priority Issues for Groundfish Industry Development

Above photo: NL-GIDC independent chair, Jim Baird Since its inception in April 2016, the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NL-GIDC) has quickly become a major player in formulating a strategy for re-establishing a commercial cod fishery in the province. The organization, made up of processors, harvesters and government officials, recently unveiled its latest strategy at its annual general meeting in St. John’s. “The way forward for our provinc...

Flipping an Industry

Above photo: Island Aquatech founders Dylan MacIsaac, Brett McDermott and Jordan Sampson with their oyster cage flipper prototype. The three University of Prince Edward Island students are hoping to turn a second-year engineering project into a viable commercial business. Submitted photos UPEI Students Launching Aquaculture Tech Company Based on School Project In 2016, three second-year engineering students at the University of Prince Edward Island were assigned to meet with a local ...

Lobster Season About to Kick Off in Southwest Nova

Above photo: Fishermen bait lobster traps on the Clark’s Harbour wharf on dumping day in 2016. The commercial lobster fishery in LFAs 33 and 34 was scheduled to open on Nov. 27. Kathy Johnson photo LFA 35 Opening Offers Hope for Good Start in LFAs 33-34 Strong landings, a shore price of $6.50/pound and a “decent quality” catch in the Upper Bay of Fundy had lobster fishermen in Lobster Fishing Areas 33 and 34 optimistic for another good season as they readied for the scheduled ...